Olson 30

 

In 1978, George Olson designed the ultralight Olson 30. The Olson 30 was built from 1978 to 1984, 255 were reported built, however, the highest hull number reported still to be in existence is #246.

                   

Olson 30 Original Sales Brochure

We Currently Have 5 Olson 30's In Our Fleet

 

Olson 29

The Olson 29 was debuted as a revamp of the Olson 30 in 1984. The 29 has the same hull as the 30, but everything else is different.  Production commenced 1985 and it is believed that only 27 Olson 29's were built.

 

Side by Side Comparison

Due the smaller fore triangle, the 29 actually has less upwind sail area than the 30. The down wind sail area is higher as the 29's mainsail is larger than the 30 and utilizing the "stock" penalty pole, the 29 has the same sized spinnaker as the 30.

A side-by-side comparison of the 30 and 29 is shown below. Note the differences in keel/rudder shape, open transom, and fractional rig.

 

Olson 30
Olson 29

 

 

LOA 29' 8 "
LWL 27' 6 "
Beam 9' 4 "
Dspl. 3,700 lbs.
Ballast: Fin 1,950 lbs

Draft: Fin

5' 7 "
Sail Area (sq ft) Main + 100% F/T 365
Sail Area (sq ft) Spinnaker 650
Ratings PHRF 93 , MORC 23.4

Sail Dimensions

I =   34' 0" J =   11' 0 " P =  32' 6 " E =  11' 6 " 

Construction: Hull/Deck CoFab
Construction: Core Balsa

Olson 29 Brochure and Sales Ad

We Currently Have 1 Olson 29 In Our Fleet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Olson 30 Links: (All in .pdf format)

Construction

Complete Book of Sailboat Buying

Castoff Magazine

Sailing Magazine (6/99)

Sailing World Magazine (5/05)

Keith Lorence Interview (Wildfire?!?!)